FLH '07: Team by team talk
Atlanta Thrashers: Goalie Kari Lehtonen might have been limited to only 38 games in a disappointing rookie season in 2005-06, but the Thrashers' more defensive-minded philosophy will have him a popular breakout candidate this season. He has top-10 upside at his position, but will be picked as a No. 2 option on most teams. Don't fret about Marc Savard's departure, either; Atlanta will find someone to feed Ilya Kovalchuk on the power play, and whether it's Bobby Holik, Slava Kozlov or Steve Rucchin who steps up to fill the void, the winner will be quite the fantasy bargain. I'm banking on it being Kozlov.
Boston Bruins: Though the in-season Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov trades might have depicted the Bruins as a franchise in decline, their offseason moves should have the team headed back in the right direction. Zdeno Chara, one of the best all-around fantasy defensemen, and Paul Mara, only entering his prime at age 27, bring stability to the blue line, and that can only help goalie Hannu Toivonen in his quest to be an elite fantasy sleeper à la Henrik Lundqvist in 2005-06. Plus, Brad Boyes and Patrice Bergeron showed enough growth late last season that both could be breakout point-per-game performers.
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